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David Lee is Not the Problem he is Made Out to be

David Lee received a 6 year $80mm contract when he signed with the Dubs. Many (of the Steinmetz disciples) have expressed outrage at the signing and claim it has hindered us in making the big moves that could advance the organization further. I disagree with this premise, and would like to lay out my thinking below.

Nene Hilario and David West are the big FA #4s available this off season and each figure to command about $12mm a season and contacts are likely to be about 4 years or longer - yes, that's likely shorter than Lee's contract which does matter, but he is also younger than both West and Nene. Without outright defending the Lee contract (which is a slippery slope), I think it's simply worth noting that statistically these 3 players are extremely similar, with Lee IMO being a significantly better passer.

While the team could certainly experience a different measure of success with any one of these guys at the 4, the numbers suggest they are largely the same TYPE of player. So ultimately, if your plan was getting a solid 4 you probably have done about as well as you could've hoped with Lee, as neither West nor Nene in place of Lee make you a playoff team.

If you feel the 4 was not what we should have focused on, and instead kept funds available for a FA center - well what do you say if we are able to sign Chandler? Let's be honest Dwight Howard is a pipe dream not what you realistically base a strategy on as the Warriors FO. You game plan for it, but it can't be your #1 option. So, those extra 2 years in Lee's contract may play a big role in being able to land a splash FA, but in all likelihood they will not. And out of the available 4s we probably didn't come out that bad. Not what fans want to hear, because as Warriors fans we love to complain (and for good reason for many years), but this is reality as far as I can see it.

So, really Lee and his contract is not that bad. Well, at least not as bad as many make it out to be. It wouldn't change the franchise to have West or Nene instead of Lee and in all reality he probably doesn't inhibit us from signing someone down the road (someone who would actually consider GS in the first place). One last point - some will argue that David's defense is just SO atrocious. Come on man - defense is a team focus and the Warriors would struggle defensively with West or (gulp) Nene in place of Lee while in the absence of a real legitimate defensive Center. Putting the GSW defensive woes on Lee is convenient but short sighted to say the least.

Here are the numbers http://bkref.com/tiny/uORmU

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Totals

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Rk Player From To G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Nene Hilario 2003 2011 527 424 15619 2423 4303 .563 2 21 .095 1644 2423 .678 1140 2511 3651 953 658 483 1014 1795 6492
2 David Lee 2006 2011 441 283 13693 2422 4435 .546 1 16 .063 1133 1460 .776 1248 2995 4243 944 372 165 749 1217 5978
3 David West 2004 2011 530 438 17160 3476 7091 .490 34 129 .264 1704 2030 .839 1110 2743 3853 1042 396 435 931 1386 8690

Per Game

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Rk Player From To G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Nene Hilario 2003 2011 527 424 29.6 4.6 8.2 .563 0.0 0.0 .095 3.1 4.6 .678 2.2 4.8 6.9 1.8 1.2 0.9 1.9 3.4 12.3
2 David Lee 2006 2011 441 283 31.0 5.5 10.1 .546 0.0 0.0 .063 2.6 3.3 .776 2.8 6.8 9.6 2.1 0.8 0.4 1.7 2.8 13.6
3 David West 2004 2011 530 438 32.4 6.6 13.4 .490 0.1 0.2 .264 3.2 3.8 .839 2.1 5.2 7.3 2.0 0.7 0.8 1.8 2.6 16.4

Per 36 Minutes

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Rk Player From To G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Nene Hilario 2003 2011 527 424 15619 5.6 9.9 .563 0.0 0.0 .095 3.8 5.6 .678 2.6 5.8 8.4 2.2 1.5 1.1 2.3 4.1 15.0
2 David Lee 2006 2011 441 283 13693 6.4 11.7 .546 0.0 0.0 .063 3.0 3.8 .776 3.3 7.9 11.2 2.5 1.0 0.4 2.0 3.2 15.7
3 David West 2004 2011 530 438 17160 7.3 14.9 .490 0.1 0.3 .264 3.6 4.3 .839 2.3 5.8 8.1 2.2 0.8 0.9 2.0 2.9 18.2

Advanced

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Rk Player From To G MP PER TS% eFG% ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1 Nene Hilario 2003 2011 527 15619 17.4 .605 .563 8.4 18.3 13.4 10.0 2.2 2.3 15.9 18.1 113 103 27.4 22.1 49.5 0.152
2 David Lee 2006 2011 441 13693 19.2 .589 .546 10.2 25.4 17.7 11.6 1.4 0.9 12.9 19.0 117 108 29.8 12.6 42.4 0.148
3 David West 2004 2011 530 17160 19.0 .544 .493 7.5 19.2 13.3 11.0 1.2 2.0 10.4 24.3 110 106 27.2 19.8 47.0 0.131

Playoffs

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Totals Shooting Per Game
Rk Player From To G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1 Nene Hilario 2004 2011 44 1298 170 320 0 0 133 211 105 290 91 43 24 72 166 473 .531 .630 29.5 10.8 6.6 2.1
2 David West 2004 2009 24 775 149 327 1 2 86 97 34 169 48 20 29 42 61 385 .456 .500 .887 32.3 16.0 7.0 2.0

Playoffs Advanced

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Rk Player From To G MP PER TS% eFG% ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1 Nene Hilario 2004 2011 44 1298 15.7 .573 .531 9.3 17.1 13.1 11.3 1.7 1.5 14.9 17.0 113 108 2.2 1.1 3.3 0.121
2 David West 2004 2009 24 775 19.1 .521 .457 5.0 20.0 12.5 11.8 1.4 3.3 10.2 25.6 104 106 0.8 0.8 1.6 0.098

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